Afton Art in the Park
Annual two day outdoor fine arts and traditional craft fair takes place in Afton’s quaint, Town Square Park
Four the St. Croix Valley's top art fairs take place in September each year. Art on the Kinni, the Marine Art Fair, Afton Art in the Park and Spirit of the St. Croix Art Festival draw visitors into their hometowns and introduce them to local and regional artists and fine craftsmen. Each community highlights its natural beauty and the unique character of the river town.
See where art is made. Looking inside an artist's studio provides an insight into their inspirations and work process. See where awarding winning paintings come to life at Mary Jo Van Dell Studio - Judd Street Exchange and Sharon Weiser Art Studio Sale. Discover the process of making larger than life sculpture at Franconia's Art & Artist Celebration.
The pottery traditional in the St. Croix Valley revolves around community, functionality and accessibility. You are nvited to join the potters, their guests and other visitors at Guillermo Cullar's Fall Studio Sale, Peter Jadoonath's Backyard Pottery Sale, Nick Earl's sale at Abnet Farm and three studios that make up the Western Wisconsin Pottery Tour.
The Spirit of the St. Croix Art Festival draws thousands of visitors to experience a variety of creative talent. Enjoy the original artwork of 90+ juried artists on the banks of the St. Croix River. Watch live demos, musicians and street performers while sampling a variety of treats.
The tour starts just over the Minnesota border and extends into Western Wisconsin. Visitors will find fine one-of-a-kind hand made ceramic pots and sculptures. You will have a chance to meet the artists and you can get an inside look into the workings of their studios.
Whether you are looking for a gourmet dinner along the river or a quick bite to make a picnic, you will find just what you are looking for. Making if a long weekend, look no further than the historic inns and welcoming bed & breakfasts to your lodging needs.
The art and music at the art fairs and open studios aren't the only creative outlets in the St. Croix Valley. Retail art galleries, professional theatre groups and live music at various locations keep the arts going well into the evening in many river towns.
There is so much to do in the St. Croix Valley, it can be hard to know where to start. Take a fall colors cruise along the St. Croix National Scenic River Way. Pick up a book at an independent local bookstore. Or maybe learn the history of the birthplace of Minnesota on a trolley tour.
Find year-round events at StCroixSplash.org, a regional online event calendar featuring visual arts, theatre, film, live music, hand-on experiences, outdoor and nature events and much more. The vibrant arts scene in the St. Croix Valley isn't limited to September.